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This course complements 'Transfer of status' and is most suitable for first-year DPhil students in their second or third term who are preparing to write their transfer report. First term DPhil students may find many of the exercises are not yet helpful. The course is available on Canvas and you can self-enrol using this link.

We’ll cover how to plan, write, and revise your transfer report. The course consists of short pre-recorded videos (2-12 min) supported by examples and suggested exercises, drawing on your research thus far and your plans for the rest of your DPhil.

Please allow around 3 hours to watch the videos and at least another 3 hours to complete the exercises. Depending on how far along you are in your DPhil journey, you may wish to dedicate much more time than this, to use the prompts and exercises to fully develop your report. 

Module 1: How to write the transfer report

  • Defining the aim of the report
  • Figuring out your overall message
  • Deciding a structure and outline that supports your message
  • Communicating with your supervisor about how and when to request feedback
  • Strategies for writing and overcoming pain points

Module 2: What to write in the transfer report

  • Tips for each section: abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, and proposal

Module 3: How to review the transfer report

  • Editing your work from rough draft to simple, clear, and complete final report
  • Strategies for requesting, coping with, and incorporating feedback


By the end of the course, you will:

  • Have found your transfer story – while meeting transfer aims
  • Have developed an initial outline of your transfer report for discussion with your supervisor
  • Feel ready to write each section of your report
  • Be confident in revising your own writing for clarity, simplicity, and completeness and in applying feedback